* Outstanding start from Jake Arrieta, who showed what he can do when he has control of his pitches. He took a perfect game into the 5th, and finished with a line of 7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K, plus 13 groundballs to 7 flyballs. The run scored in the 8th, by the way, when Roberts couldn’t handle a potential inning ending double play ball and Mike Gonzalez came in and gave up an RBI single allowing one of his inherited runners (Arrieta’s) to score. It wasn’t called an error (can’t assume a double play for some reason, and they did get one out), though Roberts did get an E earlier. Then Jason Berken took the mound and served up a three-run bomb to Torii Hunter (to score Arrieta’s second runner) and cost Jake the W. But I digress; Arrieta looked good, and if can do this consistently then the O’s might have something on their hands.
* Nick Markakis crushed his 8th home run of the year, and later added an RBI single.
* Adam Jones singled and doubled, and continuing yesterday’s trend, Felix Pie drove him in once with a hit.
* Ty Wigginton (2-4, 2B) and Corey Patterson (2-4) each were on base a couple times as well.
* The bullpen, as noted above. You know, this is who Berken really is. He’s a 4 ERA type guy out of the pen, but people got unreasonable expectation due to his great start. Same kind of thing happened to Jim Johnson. These pitchers are decent, solid relievers. No more, no less. I’m still a fan of both.
If Buck Showalter goes undefeated this year I may need to rethink my theory on the effect of managers. O’s win 5-4 and finish the sweep in walk-off fashion, as Wieters doubled on a nice swing (small leg-kick, short stroke, lining it to the opposite field), was pinch-ran for by Lugo, who was bunted over by Patterson, and came in on Izzy’s single through a five-man infield. Who knew that Buck had been hiding the Orioles Magic all along?